Monday, April 16, 2007

Sneak Preview! More things in heaven and earth

This image came to me as I did research for the next painting in my Buddhist Series.

Needless to say, it's not a bodhisattva (Buddhist saint), deity, or earnest disciple, but turtles are one of the ultimate ultimates, if you ask me.

Anyway, this is a simple painting, but it really gets me in the kisser--it makes me want to call up my friends in the middle of the night and harass them about turning on their computer and directing themselves to my blog to see this sneak preview.

The canvas is 12" x 36", same size as See and You Shall Find and Out on a Limb, as well as Narcissus. The reason I like narrow canvases is because it makes a painting scroll-like, allowing me to bring in the influence of the East Asian paintings I grew up admiring.

I've been emphasizing texture and strokes in my work lately (see if you can find the ghost flower in the last koi painting), which is a departure from the usual smoothness I aim for; it's fun making a painting more of a painting, to put more of my spirit into my work.

Thank you for your kind attention. More later!

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